What to expect

You have been referred to the orthodontist by your dentist and today is your first appointment.

You may have many questions

Will I get my braces today?
Will I have to have an injection?
Are they going to drill/ pull my teeth?
None of the above!

Adults

You may be surprised to learn that one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

There is no age limit when it comes to orthodontic treatment, as long as the supporting structures (the gums and bone around the teeth) are healthy.

Children

When should I make an appointment for my child to see an orthodontist?

Early Treatment

Ideally it is recommended that a child first sees the orthodontist at 7-8 years of age.

You may ask “why should I get braces?”

Girl holding mouth brace

The answer is twofold:

To improve your health
Straight, evenly aligned teeth are much easier to clean. Therefore your gums and supporting bone will be healthy and well maintained.
Well aligned teeth and a proper bite function more efficiently. This aids digestion and protects your teeth from abnormal wear.
A proper bite will protect your jaw joints from abnormal forces and potential damage leading to pain, clicking or even a ‘locked’ jaw. Headaches and painful facial muscles can also be the result of misaligned teeth or an abnormal bite.
The cost of orthodontic treatment is insignificant when considering the high cost of extensive future restoration of a neglected and damaged dentition.

To improve your self confidence
Your smile is your advertisement to the world. Look at me! I take pride in my appearance and look after my body. Wouldn’t you rather employ such a person than one with crooked teeth? Your smile can be a passport to success in both your social life and career. First impressions are important. No matter what your age, you can reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment.

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